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"Bien" is an adverb which is often translated as "well", and "si" is a conjunction which is often translated as "if". Learn more about the difference between "bien" and "si" below.
bien(
byehn
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (in good health)
a. well
Últimamente no me he sentido bien.I haven't felt well lately.
2. (properly)
a. well
Si la carne molida no se cocina bien, las bacterias no mueren.If the ground meat is not cooked well, the bacteria don't die.
3. (all right)
a. OK
Quedamos en el bar. - Bien.Let's meet at the bar. - OK.
4. (extremely)
a. very
Me di un paseo bien largo para despejar mi mente.I went for a very long walk to clear my mind.
5. (proficiently)
a. bien
Cuando viajé a España, me comentaban que sabía hablar bien el español.When I traveled to Spain, people told me I could speak Spanish well.
6. (as intensifier)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Se hace el tonto pero bien sabía que no nos había pagado.He's pretending he didn't, but he knew full well he hadn't paid us.
Bien podías habérselo dicho.You really could have told him.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
7. (virtue)
a. good
El bien siempre gana al mal.Good always beats evil.
8. (benefit)
a. good
Está dispuesto a sacrificar su vida por el bien de la nación.He is willing to sacrifice his own life for the good of the nation.
9. (posession)
a. property
Mi abuelo dejó todos sus bienes a sus seis hijos.My grandfather left all his property to his six children.
b. belonging
Cuando se divorciaron, dividieron sus bienes equitativamente.When they divorced, they divided their belongings equally.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
10. (used to express alternatives)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Bien nos vamos, bien no, pero hay que decidirlo ya.We either go or we don't, but we need to decide.
Tenemos que mudarnos, bien este año, bien el que viene.We have to move, whether it's this year or next.
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si(
see
)
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (with conditional clauses)
a. if
Si llueve mañana, cancelaremos el picnic.If it rains tomorrow, we will cancel the picnic.
2. (with indirect questions)
a. whether
Preguntó si me estaba divirtiendo.He asked whether I was enjoying myself.
b. if
Paco quiere saber si Laura también va a asistir.Paco wants to know if Laura is also going to attend.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (musical note)
a. B
Primero lo oí en si menor.I first heard it played in B minor.
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